Urban spelunking: A photographic waterways journey
We often look at Milwaukee's rivers from the terra firma, but unless we're avid boaters, we don't typically look at the land from a river-going vessel. On a recent trip we left Pere Marquette Park and headed south on the Milwaukee River before going inland as far as our captain would take us – to the Potawatomi Bingo Casino and Marquette sports fields. Any further and he risked getting stuck in the mud as the water level drops dramatically.
Back along the Menomonee we went out into the harbor before turning around and going back to the dock.
What was most amazing to see was what a study in contrasts the waterways have become. In the recent past the scenery would typically have been almost entirely industrial. But now we see condos, restaurants, museums and more along even the Menomonee. Here are some highlights ...
The riverfront skyline:
I'll always call it Gimbels:
The Solomon Juneau, a de-commissioned tug:
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